IRAN DESERT AND CULTURE (18 DAYS)
Duration: 18 day trip
Start: Tehran, Iran
Finish: Tehran, Iran
Group size: Min 2, Max 8
Included meals: 18 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Accommodation grade: 5-Star Hotels
Transport: A.C. Minibus / Van
Internet: Free Wi-Fi While Traveling
» Explore fabled capitals of ancient empires with our expert trip Leader, well-spoken and experienced in sharing his native land with travelers.
» Stroll in magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Cyrus the Great.
» Mingle with local residents and vendors in colorful markets including the only bazaar in the world recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
» Discover Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity.
» Get to know the warm Iranian people as you dine in fine local restaurants we’ve selected for their delicious Persian food and friendly ambience.
Our guide will welcome you on the international Imam Airport in Tehran. Transfer to the hotel and rest. O/N Tehran
(1:35 Hours Distance by Plane)
After breakfast, we will visit Saad Abad Palace Complex in which the complex first built and inhabited by Qajar monarchs in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty lived there in the 1920s. Then, visit the Archaeological & Islamic Art Museums. The pre-Islam archaeological museum covers Persia’s history from the fifth millennium BC to 648 AD while the Islamic art museum provides a display of Islamic works of art. Then, toward Golestan palace complex, which is UNESCO Heritage and dating from the 18th century AD and visit Imam Mosque. Eventually, in the evening, transfers to the airport and fly to Kerman. Meet and transfer to hotel. O/N Kerman
Drive to Shahdad, a small town named after the desert. Trekking (30km). O/N in camp
In the morning trekking about 2 hours, then drive back to Kerman and rest in the hotel. Later, in the afternoon visit the bazaar of Kerman. O/N Kerman
Drive to Mahan and visit the mausoleum of the great Iranian sufist “Shah-Nematollah Vali”. Visit the loam citadel of Rayan which is similar to the destroyed citadel of Bam (destroyed 2002 by an earth quick). O/N Kerman
Morning toward Sarvestan to visit the Sasanid places. The Sarvestan Palace was built by the Sasanian king Bahramgur in the 5th century AD, and was either a gubernatorial residence or a Zoroastrian fire temple. Then, we are going to Shiraz. O/N Shiraz
We will visit the Eram Garden in which built during the middle of thirteenth century. Besides, we visit Naranjestan Gardens with outstanding tile working, mirroring, etc., which was built between 1879 and 1886 by Qavam Family and visit Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque. Then, toward Hafez & Saadi mausoleums who were 2 famous Persian poets in the world. Afterward, we will visit Vakil mosque complex and the most astonishing mirror decoration of the Aliebnehamze Holy Shrine. O/N Shiraz
(460 Kilometers distance)
Drive to Yazd, we depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate, 45 km north of Shiraz we stop at Persepolis the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians (550BC) which is UNESCO heritage. At Necropolis, we see four tombs of Achaemenian kings high in the cliffs of limestone. Then, we continue through mountain scenery to visit Pasargadae another UNESCO heritage, the earliest Achaemenian capital where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is well preserved. Further, on our route crosses the central Iran ranges to Yazd. O/N Yazd
Yazd is a very ancient city. Marco Polo wrote of the fine attributes of that city. It is like a living museum. We will visit narrow alleys, a bathhouse converted to a first class restaurant, see the high wind towers which form efficient cooling systems in this desert climate. Then, visit the Doulataad gardens built in the 18th century for a former ruler. Later visit the Syed Jafer shrine, which decorated with tens of thousands of mirror tiles illuminating the whole mosque. In addition, The Friday mosque dates from the 14th century and at a silk weaving workshop, we see exquisite brocades still being made on traditional looms and at last Athletic House (Zour Khaneh). O/N Yazd
We will visit the historical sites in Kharanagh ,then the Caravan-saray (Rabat) which was used by large groups of travelers and were rest areas for the travelers to eat, pray, sleep and give their beasts a break! Garmeh and Bayazeh village two typical oasis (with a beautiful old castle) in central desert. O/N in local house in Mehrijan
Walking on sand dune dunes and camel riding in Mesr , Other points of interest in this area of estuary and the desert floor is Salt Lake, then to Farahzad rural village in northern of Mesr, with beautiful palms that have been trapped by the sand dune. O/N in local house in Farahzad
We will visit the castle, traditional brick cooking factory, two of the longest and deepest Qanats (subterranean water system) crossing each other , then Windward and carminative in Choopanan has very clever design, dense texture and a beautiful passages with TV, the seeds of a unique residential (one-story, two-floor, etc), Gradient and reasonable settlement of the village, residential segregation of farms and their relationship, segmentation fields and gardens . Then towards Isfahan we will visit Naiin. O/N Isfahan
In the morning, we will visit Naghshe Johan square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan in which listed as UNESCO heritage. The square periphery is marked by outstanding Safavid buildings which include the Ali Qapu palace, the Imam Mosque, the Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) mosque and to the north the expansive bazaar where we can see artisans crafting metal work, Persian miniatures, printing intricate designs on cloth and other activities. In the afternoon, we will visit Si-o-Se Pol (thirty-three arches) and Khajoo bridges spanning the Zayanderud River. Then, we will visit Music Museum. O/N Isfahan
In the morning drive to the Armenian district Jolfa and visit the “Vank Cathedral”. Then, drive to the shaking minarets named “Monar Jonban”. We will leave Isfahan around noon, and drive to Abyaneh, which is a beautiful old village. En route we make a stop in the small town Natanz, to visit an old mosque. O/N Abyaneh
After breakfast, drive to Maranjab desert, en route having a stop in the small town Qamsar which is a center of rose water production in the middle east. Trekking about 10-20km in the Maranjab desert. Overnight in camp or in a local house.
We will trek about 30km through Maranjab desert on this day.
Overnight in camp or a local house.
Drive to Qom via Kashan. Visit Fin-Kashan Bath house and the Fin-garden of Kashan, the historical Sialk hills. In the afternoon continue and driving to Qom which is the ceter of the shiite theology school of Iran. The shrine of the sister of the 8th shiite Imam is also in Qom. O/N Qom
Transfer to the International Imam Airport.